The ostrich at the zoo in Rochester dies in a fight with a rhino

ROCHESTER — An unexpected death was announced Wednesday at the Seneca Park Zoo. In the family-friendly zoo, where zookeepers take precautions for the animals, no one expected one of their charges to die in a fight.

Initially when Blue, the ostrich, joined the zoo in August along with the female ostrich, Echo, they were housed in a giraffe and zebra habitat, and the zoo planned on placing the ostriches with the rhino. The introduction process between Blue and the rhino started last week and everything was going very well — until Wednesday, when there was a physical altercation between the two animals. The altercation resulted in the ostrich’s death.

The employees wrote on the zoo’s Facebook page that immediate lifesaving action was taken in hopes of saving the ostrich.

At this time, the zoo plans to keep the remaining ostrich, Echo, with the zebra and giraffe habitat and the rhino remains in his habitat — alone. 

According to the zoo, the two animals do not normally have a natural predatory relationship. In Africa, where the animals are able to roam freely, ostriches and rhinos share their habitat in a mutually beneficial way.

The Seneca Park Zoo stated it mourns for the bird's death: “Blue will be missed.”

For more on the story, you can visit the Seneca Park Zoo’s Facebook page:
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